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Yun Takes 20th Sahalee Players Championship
On a tough scoring day, Andrew Yun of Chandler, Ariz., closed with a 2-over 74 to win the 20th Sahalee Players Championship. The elite 72-hole amateur event began with 36 holes on Monday at Sahalee Country Club east of Seattle.
Yun, a recent Stanford grad and the leader through two rounds, shot a 75 Tuesday to fall a stroke behind 54-hole leader Bo Andrews of Raleigh, N.C. But a day later Yun managed to eke out a victory in the tournament. Previous winners include Kyle Stanley, Casey Martin, Peter Uihlein, Nick Taylor, Daniel Summerhays, Ryan Moore, Chris Williams, Arron Oberholser and Jason Gore.
Thanks to opening rounds of 67 and 71, Yun won by a stroke, edging Zac Blair of Ogden, Utah, and Bryson Dechambeau of Clovis, Calif. Andrews had a 5-over 77 to take a share of fourth at 1-over 289 with Adam Svenson (74) of Surrey, B.C..
Yun was the only player - at 1-under 287 - to finish under par at the majestic, tree-lined Sahalee, which, due to warm temperatures in the Puget Sound area, played hard and fast during the championship.
Yun was born and raised in Tacoma, southwest of Sahalee, and savored winning near his hometown. "Having my family and friends here really meant a lot," said Yun, whose father, Paul, caddied for him in the final round. "I think the last time I won (in this area) was at a junior tournament in the eighth grade," he added.
Being a Walker Cup practice session invitee, Yun's victory at Sahalee will go a long way toward him securing spot on the team. He's holding off on turning pro because of the chance to participate in the biennial competition involving the best amateur golfers from the U.S. and Great Britain and Ireland.
"I've played on two Palmer Cups, and representing your country in a team event is really a special experience, and making the Walker Cup is my goal," he said of the 2013 event, which will be played September 6-8 at the historic National Golf Links of America in New York.
Blair, another Walker Cup practice session invitee, finished runner-up for the second time in three years. He was second to champion Chris Williams in 2011, and was ninth last year.
Kevin Carrigan began the final round only a stroke out of the lead, but the native of Victoria, B.C., closed with a 77 to end up solo sixth at 290.
The above report is courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association. For more information, visit www.thepnga.org.
For more information on the Sahalee Players Championship and complete scoring details, visit www.sahaleeplayerschampionship.com.